The Thomas A. Edison drama department will present "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder. Set in small town Grover's Corner, N.H., the play shows the progression through the lives and deaths of the members of the Gibbs and Webb family. As the play progresses, the audience discovers through the observations of the stage manager that, "There's something way down deep that's eternal about every human being."
Edison Theatre will produce the play on its main stage on Oct. 24, 25 and, 26 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. For more information, contact the theater department at 703-924-8014.
Every year, Edison High School hosts Dramathon. Held the night of Dece. 6 and carrying over to the morning of the 7th, this 12-hour event features the one-act plays directed by the International Baccalaureate (IB) Theatre Arts class. There is a variety of one-acts, from comedy to tragedy. This is the third year the Edison has hosted this event. Theater students participating in Dramathon will also be accepting pledges for the number of hours that they will be participating. The money raised will benefit the drama department.
Edison High School offers a variety of theater arts classes, from Technical Theatre to International Baccalaureate (IB) Theatre Arts. The IB Theatre Arts classes are offered as an elective for the school-wide IB program. Students in the program not only learn about acting but also participate in the other aspects of theatre. The IB Theatre Arts 2 students direct one-act plays every year that are performed at the annual Dramathon event. The IB Theatre Arts students participated last year in "Text Alive" a program run by the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.
"A CHORUS LINE"
April 3, 4 and, 5, 2003 are the dates for Edison's 2003 spring musical, "A Chorus Line." The musical has the distinction of being the longest running musical in the history of Broadway. Set in a dark theater in New York City, the characters portrayed in "A Chorus Line" are based on the lives and experiences of Broadway dancers. The show's playwrights dedicate the musical to "anyone who has ever danced in a chorus or marched in step — anywhere."
Drawing its cast from the school and often from the community, the productions during the past two years have earned the Edison theater department nominations and awards as part of the Cappies Critics and Awards program, and they have often sold out to the supportive community.